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Monday, May 18, 2009
Brewers scramble to replace Weeks

The Brewers have lost their second baseman for the rest of the season.
From Tom Haudricourt: Herman Iribarren is playing well in the Pacific Coast League -- and yes, Nashville is a proud member of the Pacific Coast League -- but he's not a real prospect (or at least he wasn't considered one two months ago, when neither Baseball America nor John Sickels ranked Iribarren among the Brewers' top 30 prospects).

Alcides Escobar is a top prospect, but he's a shortstop and much of his value is derived from his defense and he's not moving J.J. Hardy off shortstop anytime soon. At the moment, he can't help the Brewers out of this predicament. Later, he (or Hardy) might be quite useful if the Brewers decide to deal for a second baseman.

Right now, it's Gamel who's the real help. No, he probably won't set any fielding records at third base. But between him and Counsell (both left-handed hitters) and Bill Hall, there's no obvious reason why the Brewers can't get reasonable production at both third and second base. Yes, the loss of Weeks is a serious blow, leaving the club with little tolerance for other crises. It isn't necessarily debilitating, though. This is when the manager earns his salary.